(Allows La Russa: "He and [shortstop] Brendan Ryan — that would be a pretty good race.")
As for his plans after baseball, Barton says he's thinks he'll go back and finish the last few classes that stand between him and a degree. After that, though, the future is wide open: "I just take it one step at a time. If I get back into [aerospace engineering] after baseball — if it happens, it happens.
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Cards GM John Mozeliak on Brian Barton: "We liked his offensive ability, his ability to get on base and his ability to run."